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Donegal House

Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
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Ranked #30 of 35 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
RaymondH646 Taupo, New Zealand
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Taupo, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a stunning backdrop of the mountains and a lot of Irish settler history this promised to be a new experience. The restaurant area boasts an enormous open fire and the staff were really friendly and helpful. However, the rooms are in dire need of modernization - no internet and only very basic TV service - and the maintenance regime... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were drawn here as it is one of the two free camping spots in Kaikoura. We were the only ones here as it was their dead season so we got to chose what channel to put on the big screen tv, sit in front of the roaring fire and drink lager while eating the roast which was delicious and... More

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Its hard to believe you are in the southern hemisphere when you step into the bar at Donegal House. This place celebrates the families of Irish descent who settled in the Kaikoura area with lots of historical memorabilia and photographs throughout the bar and restaurant. Some doors have two door handles to add to your confusion especially after a few... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We really should have read the Tripadvisor reviews, we have passed this place before and the website and the marketing promise great things. None of which were apparent on our visit. Lacking any welcome although we could hear people about. Our key was left on a chair with a nice note but the door to the room was left wide... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed at Donegal house as we were invited to attend a wedding here and wanted to be close. Rooms very shabby ,old ,in need of repair and maintenance. Outdated. Expensive .Next time we would stay in Kaikoura.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed at Donegal House on a whim as we were driving back from Christchurch to Nelson and we were starting to get a bit tired. The room had a back entrance from the parking lot with the main door looking out over the grounds towards the Kaikoura ranges. The room itself was pretty basic. Two queen-sized beds side-by-side, fridge... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The views of the snow capped mountains from our window were great. However, the room itself was not good value for money. The staff seemed to be very rushed all the time, so were not able to display the friendly hospitality I had become accustomed to in NZ. The prices for the food were reasonable, but the drink prices were... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We got stuck in Kaikura due to landslips and this was the last place we tried having tried all over Kaikura. They charged us $160 for the night. In normal circumstances I would not have paid $60. The shower did not work until I had dismantled and cleaned it up. The carpets are threadbare and the decor would have been... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The name of this hotel was what drew me having been to Donegal, Ireland and was sorely disappointed. Stayed on a Sunday night, a wedding was taking place, the wedding party was a drunken, noisy, unexcusable experience for the "other " 2 couples staying at this place. Having to complain to the manager at 12:30am - with the excuse that... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Would not recommend. Paper thin walls, noisy deck outside the rooms, poorly updated rooms, low water pressure in the shower, 3 tv channels, no Wife in the rooms, poor management response to noise issue. Good food at the restaurant but costly beer.

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Address: Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Donegal House 'The Little Irish Pub in the Country'. Steeped with history of the Boyd family who came from County Donegal, Ireland in 1865, with host Murray Boyd continuing the Irish hospitality. Offering 30 Ensuite rooms, Bar, Restaurant, Function facilities, Gardens & Lakes enjoy the warmth & humour that Donegal House is now famous for. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere & hospitality dispensed at this Kaikoura landmark. ... more   less 
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